Manchester City are expected to battle Liverpool for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk when the transfer window opens in January. Van Dijk was a summer-long target for Liverpool, and despite the player handing in his transfer request the move failed to materialise. The failed transfer forced Liverpool to wait until January to revise their interest in the Dutchman.
However, according to Goal.com (via Mirror) Manchester City could enter the fray to battle Liverpool for the centre-back’s signature. City boss Pep Guardiola has been looking towards Van Dijk to solidify his backline for the second half of the season.
Guardiola has ambitions of going far in the Champions League, thus the signing of Van Dijk’s calibre will be essential to combat the impressive attacking talent across the knockout stages of the competition. Also, Van Dijk will not be cup-tied for the competition, which is an added bonus.
Liverpool will also be vying for the Southampton defender for the very same reasons. With Liverpool’s ailing problem at the heart of the defence, boss Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring in Van Dijk in the summer. The player looked set on joining the Merseyside club, until they were forced to apologise to Southampton for the illegal tapping-up of the player.
With the collapsed move, Van Dijk was forced to train on his own at Southampton. He has managed to work his way back into the side, becoming a mainstay in the line-up, but with January looming, both Liverpool and City could engage in a bidding war.
City are in the market for a centre-back, though they have not just limited their options with the Dutchmen. Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez is also said to be on Guardiola’s radar.